Chronic Bronchitis

  • Duncan M. Geddes


Chronic bronchitis is usually defined as cough and sputum on most days for at least three months of the year in more than two successive years in the absence of any other cause (e.g. bronchiectasis). This definition is wide and does not imply infection or airflow obstruction. Three abnormalities occur in the disease:
  1. 1.

    Hypersecretion of mucus.

  2. 2.

    Infection resulting in purulent sputum.

  3. 3.

    Airflow obstruction.



Lung Function Airway Obstruction Goblet Cell Chronic Bronchitis Airflow Obstruction 
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Further Reading

  1. Thurlbeck, W. M., Chronic Airflow Obstruction in Lung Disease, Saunders, Philadelphia, 1976.Google Scholar
  2. Kuepers, F. and Black, L. F., Alpha1 antitrypsin and its deficiency, Am. Rev. Resp. Dis., 1974, 110, 176.Google Scholar


  1. Fletcher, C., Peto, R., Tinker, C. and Speizer, F. E., The Natural History of Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1976.Google Scholar
  2. Higgins, I. T. T., Br. Med. J., 1959, 1, 325.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Mueller, R. E., Keble, D. L., Plummer, J. and Walker, S. H., Am. Rev. Resp. Dis. 1971, 103, 209.PubMedGoogle Scholar

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© MTP Press Limited 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Duncan M. Geddes
    • 1
  1. 1.LondonUSA

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